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Letters to the Editor

Overpopulation of tourists strains East Maui resources

The Hana Highway traveling to the remote and isolated community of Hana has been impacted by the overpopulation of tourists. This is a serious concern when it comes to utilizing our limited emergency personnel. Accidents are almost a daily thing in Hana, because tourists refuse to obey the ...

Round up shopping carts and jail thieves who steal them

Everywhere you go you see shopping carts discarded on the sidewalks, on empty lots, on street corners, piled together to make shelters for the homeless. Last time I checked this was called theft! These carts cost businesses thousands of dollars a year in lost merchandise and is ongoing. They ...

How the reality TV host sees our presidential office

The current temporary occupant of our White House continued his tirade of nonsensical utterances by whining that no one blamed President Obama for the Sandy Hook massacre of schoolchildren. This was Twitterholic’s response to President Obama’s unifying message to reject language from any of ...

Do what it takes to enforce the law regarding protestors

As a property owner and taxpayer in Maui County and the State of Hawaii, I find it puzzling why there is a total lack of law enforcement when it comes to a bunch of protesters on Mauna Kea. These people had their day in court and lost. Their objections had due process. The governor has given ...

The Dayton shooter was a left-wing mass murderer

As usual, Big Brother USA is “shaping public opinion” by ignoring the inconvenient fact that the Dayton shooter was a left-wing Antifa “gun control” nut job (The Maui News, “Today’s Editorial,” Aug. 6). He thought if he went on a senseless (but highly sensationalized) killing ...

Newspaper gave shooters exactly what they wanted

You gave the Dayton/El Paso shooters exactly what they wanted — front-page coverage. Mugshots and full names. No photos of victims. No names of victims. Focusing attention on the number killed and who the killers were/are is what the problem is. Shame on you. Tracy Scott Bennett Kihei

Remember life’s principles of faith and to treat others right

From people in Bible times to people today, too often we live as though no one will ever hold us accountable for our actions. Many have ignored the Holy Commandments that spell out their responsibilities to be faithful and to treat one another right. We have been warned that the day of ...

Mahi Pono should maintain its fields for everyone’s sake

If homeowners have weeds around their house, the Fire Department can tell them mow it down. However, when a landowner with about 40,000 acres of weeds, old cane and other brush doesn’t maintain their property, apparently nothing happens. Then we as citizens of Maui suffer, with fire causing ...

The TMT project should proceed without further delay

The Polynesians who discovered and settled on the Hawaiian Islands were daring seafarers. They prepared themselves physically and mentally for the journey, with knowledge of the ways of sea and wind, and directions from the stars. I am enthralled by a legend that the early settlers of Hawaii ...

Boycott aims to pressure Sen. McConnell on gun legislation

Sen. Mitch McConnell from Kentucky is blocking real gun legislation, and the NRA is the puppet master. News flash: The NRA does not support the Second Amendment. It supports a sick, twisted version of it which would be an anathema to the Founding Fathers, strict constitutional constructionists ...

Naupaka shines as a dune plant but only in right place

Naupaka is a hearty native plant that is the backbone for many coastal sand dunes in South Maui and it has a rich and colorful history with both mauka and makai varieties. However, we have been instructed by UH Sea Grant that it does not belong near the surf on the ocean side of sand dunes. ...

UH has one of the premier astronomy programs

A few years ago we took our granddaughter to the library in Kahului to hear an astronomer from UH-Maui College speak. There were about 15 kids there. The astronomer talked to the kids and answered each question. He told us that the voyagers from Polynesia who settled in these islands used the ...

We’re fortunate to have a fine writer covering music scene

Jon Woodhouse has to be one of the finest writers in America that cover the music scene. The Maui News, readers and musicians he has covered for so many years are extremely fortunate to have had such a knowledgeable and talented man here on this wonderful island. If somebody wants to help me ...

The American fraud of freedom and justice for all

Wow, has The Maui News fallen from grace, shortening printing days and silencing any comments on its internet page? It must be the new “laws” declaring anyone promoting “conspiracy theories” as a genuine terrorist. James Corbett’s last report on propaganda watch was hard to watch, ...

Racism is alive, kicking and shooting today

Regarding the author of the Aug. 10 letter “Bad news for the left, the word racism is dead” and his dumping on the left, saying the book “Rules for Radicals” is the bible of the Democrats. Then he praises the president, Congress and millions like himself, saying they “criticize ...

A possible solution to bats versus windmills issue

Below is a letter from my 8-year-old son, DJ Capitolo, after reading the story (Aug. 10) on bats and windmills: “Find something that bats don’t like to smell. Put it in spray cans and put it on the blades of the windmills and when the bats come near, hopefully they will smell it and fly ...

Letter writer observed a quiet 4th of July

Someone “righter” wrote on the cease fire on Fourth of July. Reason? Why would anyone that is not an American celebrate on Fourth of July? They celebrate on June 12th. Yet, I heard no fireworks on that day, too. The Hawaiian flag is not upside down. The world is not upright. Health care ...

Politicians should stop using tragedies for political gain

Mass shootings have caused anger in this country and demands for reform in bearing arms are widespread. Unfortunately, this anger has entered the political arena and turned into hate. Hate only begets hate and no good can come from it. Politicians should stop using these tragedies for political ...

A line from contractor that will come back to haunt you

The last thing you really want to hear from someone who’s not a true craftsman or competent licensed builder is that sorry old line that will surely come back to haunt you, “This isn’t my first rodeo.” Because, 9 out of 10 times, it’s a clear message that they’re about to show you ...

Young families may want to organize YIMBY groups

So the NIMBYs won again. A pair of projects that would have resulted in 100 homes aimed at local working families and 61 affordable agricultural lots in West Maui were defeated. They were defeated by a vocal group of neighboring property owners who did not want to have those 161 local families ...